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The Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research-oriented department with great ideological and intellectual diversity. We are proud to be a department of scholars who have developed the national and international profile necessary to sustain a high quality teaching and research program.

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Recent News

On behalf of the Graduate Program, please join us in congratulating Sara Skinner and Bryan Winger on the birth of their son, Conrad John Winger, born October 5th in Calgary.  Conrad was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and, according to Sara:  “healthy and happy, and they are settling into a new routine at home”!  We wish Sara, Bryan and Conrad all our best!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Sara is a PhD Candidate in our PhD program, under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Hiebert.

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The Department of Political Science had an award lunch for the nominees and awards winners on September 25th. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners for 2016-2017. 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brenda O'Neill from the Department of Political Science has received a GREAT Supervisor Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. This annual award recognizes the excellent mentorship, dedication, and support for the graduate education provided by a faculty member in a graduate program.  Well done Dr. O'Neill!

We are pleased to report that, at the September 2017 Prairie Political Science Association (PPSA) meeting in Banff, Alberta, two of the three Essay contest awards were won by students whose winning essays came out of courses in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.  The PPSA Best Graduate Paper was awarded to Michael Walz, for "Genocide in Rwanda: Why the United States Did Not Intervene". The PPSA Best Paper on Prairie Politics was awarded to our own Connor Molineaux, for "Federal-Provincial Relations and Conservatism in The Canadian West". Connor is currently pursuing his MA in the Department.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Lucas who has won the prestigious Clarence Stone Scholar Award from the Urban and Local Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Named after Clarence Stone, a leading urban political scientist and author of the agenda-setting 1989 book, Regime Politics, this award recognizes up to two young scholars who are making a significant contribution to the study of urban politics. Along with Domingo Morel of Rutgers University, Dr. Lucas received the award at the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 31-September 3, 2017.

Did you know?

The International Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Program has moved to Political Science.
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We also house the International Relations Undergraduate Program.           
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• International Relations (IR) as an interdisciplinary subject is taught only at the Undergraduate level but students who are interested in an MA or PhD in IR should follow the link here as IR is taught as part of POLI at the graduate level.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
November 23, 2017 | 11:30 am

3. Dr. Susanna Rijkhoff, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Political Science
“Don’t be Naïve: Cynicism is the New Sexy”
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017:   11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Room SS 729

Date & Time:
December 6, 2017 | 3:00 pm

4. Ryan Dean, PhD Candidate in the Dept. of Political Science
“2016 Canadian Defence Policy Review”
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017:   3:00 – 3:50 pm
Room SS 729

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Maureen S. Hiebert, "Why the (Western) cavalry isn't coming and what we can do about it" in Last Lectures on the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide, Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Samuel Totten (ed.) (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 209-214.

Joshua D. Goldstein, 'Was It Good For You Too? The New Natural Law Theory and the Paradoxical Good of Sexbots', in John Danaher and Neil McArthur (eds.), Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017): 173-200.

Susan Franceschet, Claire Annesley, and Karen Beckwith, "What do Women Symbolize? Symbolic Representation and Cabinet Appointments," Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(3):488-493, 2017. 

Brenda O'Neill, "Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Canadian Feminist Movement," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 50:2 (June 2017), pp. 443-459.

Maureen S. Hiebert, "Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crisis, Identity", Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, (Series Editor Adam Jones) (Routledge, 2017).